Colleges in Michigan

The tradition of public colleges in Michigan began in 1817, twenty years before it became a state with the founding of the University of Michigan in Detroit. It was later moved to the city of Ann Arbor. Today, there are 93 Michigan colleges and universities that exist under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of higher education. This expansive list includes 31 colleges that offer Associate's degrees, seventeen baccalaureate Michigan schools and 19 universities for completing graduate work. Eleven schools in Michigan are considered to be baccalaureate/associate's institutions. Additionally, there are eight research universities and two tribal colleges.

The Michigan Constitution grants constitutional autonomy to the state's public universities in accordance with Article VIII, Section III. This gives the universities the power to supervise and control each respective institute. It enables Michigan colleges to govern in a way that recognizes the benefits of experts to make decisions. This autonomy has existed since 1850 when it was granted to the University of Michigan. This action was taken after delegates to the constitutional convention of 1850 brought up the fact that the University of Michigan had been showing a poor enrollment and slow growth since 1837.

In the decades that followed, universities that were created continued to be given constitutional autonomy. It was felt to be the best method of governance for the institutes of higher learning. Michigan has continued to be successful in maintaining institutional autonomy while states surrounding it have organized higher education institutions into centralized bureaucratic systems or with control by state boards of education. In this regard, higher education in Michigan maintains a unique status.

Proponents of autonomy maintain that the lack of too much state level bureaucracy allows the universities in the state to operate more efficiently and expeditiously. The same proponents note that autonomy is more efficient for recruiting and keeping top university administrators.

Even with constitutional autonomy, the state legislature works with the universities directly. They help determine appropriate levels of public funding, help establish needs and merit-based scholarships and ensure accountability for appropriations.

The most popular colleges in Michigan include the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It ranks third in all public colleges in the nation and eleventh world-wide according to Newsweek magazine. Kalamazoo College in the city of Kalamazoo ranks high in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Other top colleges in the state include Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Hope College in Holland, and Michigan State University in East-Lansing.

Economy

Manufacturing has long been important to the economy of the state of Michigan. The element of manufacturing grew rapidly, and by the turn of the 20th century around 25 percent of all job-holders in the state were factory workers. The advent of the auto industry in the early 20th century transformed the state into a world-class and widely acclaimed manufacturing area. By the latter part of the century, the total value in shipments was an astounding $218 billion.

Vehicles and related equipment dominate Michigan's economy and makes up over a quarter of the manufacturing payroll in the state. Not surprisingly, the state's major industrial area is the Detroit metropolitan area. The area includes a heavy concentration of plants of vehicles and related goods in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. Additionally, this area contains major steel, pharmaceutical and chemical industries among others.

Major industrial cities in Michigan are large and dynamic economically. These cities include Flint, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Savignaw and Kalamazoo.

Due to General Motors(GM), Ford and Chrysler having headquarters in Detroit, Michigan contains three of the largest industrial corporations in the United States. At the beginning of the 21st century, General Motors was the world's leading manufacturer.

Other products and services that provide employment for residents include information technology, aerospace products, food products, copper and iron ore mining, furniture and military equipment. The state is also the third leading grower of Christmas trees with over 60,520 of land dedicated to the farming of the trees. Domino's and Little Caesars Pizza chains were founded in Michigan. Headquarters for both provide many jobs for those with business degrees, humanities degrees, food science degrees and more.

Michigan ranked fourth in the nation for high-tech employment in 2002 with a total of 568,00 workers. This trend is expected to continue because of the technology that new auto designs constantly incorporate. The state consistently ranks high in research and development expenditures in the nation. This research and development expenditure includes the automotive industry. It makes up a higher percentage of the overall state gross domestic product than any other of the 50 states.

Michigan also provides a good source of engineering jobs. Additionally, in 2004, it was second in the nation for new corporate facilities and expansions.

The University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University all house leading research centers. They make important partners for the economy in Michigan. These universities attract more than $1.5 billion in grants for research and development each year. An important research center to the state is the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located at Michigan State University.

The well-educated and highly skilled workforce of this state is attractive to large and successful companies. The fact that it ranks third in the nation for engineering graduates will ensure that this trend continues. In 2010, Michigan was the nation's leader in new job creations.

Found 284 Post-Secondary Schools In Michigan


Title City State Type Enrollment
Chic University of Cosmetology - Grand Rapids (East) Grand Rapids MI No Data
Academy of Court Reporting - Clawson Clawson MI 2-year private, for-profit 244
Detroit Barber College Inc Dearborn MI 2-year private, for-profit 35
Elsa Cooper Institute of Court Reporting Southfield MI 2-year private, for-profit 96
Flint Institute of Barbering Inc Flint MI 2-year private, for-profit 29
ITT Technical Institute Grand Rapids MI 2-year private, for-profit 404
ITT Technical Institute Troy MI 2-year private, for-profit 607
Krainz Woods Academy of Medical Laboratory Tech Detroit MI 2-year private, for-profit No Data
MIAT College of Technology Canton MI 2-year private, for-profit 498
Annapolis Hospital School of Xray Technology Wayne MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology Grosse Pointe Park MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Henry Ford Hospital School of Radiologic Techn Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Lewis College of Business Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit 323
Marquette General Hospital Marquette MI 2-year private, not-for-profit 10
Michigan Barber School Inc Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit 145
Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center Rochester Hills MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
New Tribes Mission Inc - New Tribes Bible Institute Jackson MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
S J Williams School of Religion Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Saint John Hospital and Med Ctr Sch of Rad Techn Detroit MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Education Institute - Amer Hotel and Motel Assoc Lansing MI 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Alpena Community College Alpena MI 2-year public 1853
Bay De Noc Community College Escanaba MI 2-year public 2073
Bay Mills Community College Brimley MI 2-year public 360
Delta College University Center MI 2-year public 9358
Glen Oaks Community College Centreville MI 2-year public 1601
Gogebic Community College Ironwood MI 2-year public 1106
Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids MI 2-year public 13400
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn MI 2-year public 12742
Hurley Medical Center - School of Radiologic Tech Flint MI 2-year public 20
Jackson Community College Jackson MI 2-year public 5069
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo MI 2-year public 9319
Kellogg Community College Battle Creek MI 2-year public 5300
Kirtland Community College Roscommon MI 2-year public 1307
Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor MI 2-year public 3411
Lansing Community College Lansing MI 2-year public 16011
Macomb Community College Warren MI 2-year public 22001
Mid Michigan Community College Harrison MI 2-year public 2316
Monroe County Community College Monroe MI 2-year public 3555
Montcalm Community College Sidney MI 2-year public 1545
Mott Community College Flint MI 2-year public 8659
Muskegon Community College Muskegon MI 2-year public 4311
North Central Michigan College Petoskey MI 2-year public 2196
Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City MI 2-year public 3965
Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills Campus Bloomfield Hills MI 2-year public 23188
Port Huron Hospital School of Radiologic Techn Port Huron MI 2-year public No Data
Schoolcraft College Livonia MI 2-year public 9016
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac MI 2-year public 3047
St Clair County Community College Port Huron MI 2-year public 3972
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor MI 2-year public 11089
Wayne County Community College District Detroit MI 2-year public 9008
West Shore Community College Scottville MI 2-year public 1273
University of Phoenix - Metro Detroit Campus Troy MI 4-year private, for-profit 2090
University of Phoenix - West Michigan Campus Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Adrian College Adrian MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1081
Albion College Albion MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1525
Alma College Alma MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1409
Andrews University Berrien Springs MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2749
Aquinas College Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2605
Ave Maria College Ypsilanti MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 27
Baker College Center for Graduate Studies Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1592
Baker College Corporate Services Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1048
Baker College of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1910
Baker College of Cadillac Cadillac MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 864
Baker College of Clinton Township Clinton Township MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2559
Baker College of Flint Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 3896
Baker College of Jackson Jackson MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1027
Baker College of Muskegon Muskegon MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2727
Baker College of Owosso Owosso MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1905
Baker College of Port Huron Port Huron MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1230
Black Forest Hall Harbor Springs MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Calvin College Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 4309
Calvin Theological Seminary Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 264
Center for Humanistic Studies Graduate School Farmington Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 76
Cleary College Howell MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cleary University Ann Arbor MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 705
College for Creative Studies Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1086
Concordia University - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 604
Cornerstone University Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1877
Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 141
Davenport University Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2322
Davenport University - Central Region Midland MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1694
Davenport University - Eastern Region - Dearborn Dearborn MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 3158
Davenport University - Eastern Region - Warren Warren MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 2561
Davenport University - Western Region - Holland Holland MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 820
Davenport University - Western Region - Kalamazoo Kalamazoo MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1207
Davenport University - Western Region - Lansing Lansing MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1168
David Wolcott Kendall Memorial School Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 744
Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary Allen Park MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ecumenical Theological Seminary Detroit MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Finlandia University Hancock MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 383
Flint Bible Institute Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Grace Bible College Wyoming MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 140
Great Lakes Christian College Lansing MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 213
High Scope Educational Research Foundation Ypsilanti MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Hillsdale College Hillsdale MI 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Hope College Holland MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 3015
Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 1322
Kettering University Flint MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 3331
Kuyper College Grand Rapids MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 51
Lawrence Technological University Southfield MI 4-year private, not-for-profit 4087

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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